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Man charged with murder

OBRYANT SUNSET — A Pickens man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man following an altercation early Saturday morning. According to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s More »

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Officers from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens Police Department responded to a shooting on Monday near the Store and More in Pickens.

Police still looking for suspect after Pickens shooting

PICKENS — Officers are on the lookout for a suspect following a shooting incident in Pickens on Monday evening. According to Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory, officers were dispatched to the area More »

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Man charged with murder

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OBRYANT

SUNSET — A Pickens man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man following an altercation early Saturday morning.

According to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, officers responded to a 911 call at  around 2:40 a.m. Saturday about a person being shot at a home on Hannah Road in Sunset.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man, identified as Michael Shane Collins, 38,

Police still looking for suspect after Pickens shooting

Rocky Nimmons/Courier
Officers from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens Police Department responded to a shooting on Monday near the Store and More in Pickens.

PICKENS — Officers are on the lookout for a suspect following a shooting incident in Pickens on Monday evening.

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According to Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory, officers were dispatched to the area of Henderson Street and Nealy Street within the city limits at about 5:20 p.m. in reference to shots fired between two vehicles.

At about the same time, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office deputies wree dispatched to the Store and More gas station at the intersection of Shady Grove Road and S.C. Highway 183, just outside the city limits, in reference to shots fired.

Although details are still uncertain, according to Gregory, a 23-year-old man and 23-year-old woman each sustained gunshot wounds. The man was shot in his left hand, and the woman

Merck named Pickens County superintendent

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

COUNTY — Daniel High School principal Dr. Danny Merck, a finalist for the superintendent’s job four years ago, has been hired to replace Dr. Kelly Pew as

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superintendent of Pickens County schools starting May 1.

The board voted unanimously to hire Merck after a brief executive session before a scheduled work session last Thursday. Pew was hired earlier this month as the new superintendent of Rock Hill schools.

Under the terms of the contract, which the board authorized chairman Alex Siatta to negotiate, the district will pay Merck an annual salary of $120,000.

“The Board is extremely pleased that Dr. Merck, a native of Pickens County and graduate of our

Hunt instrumental in Merck’s success

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

COUNTY — Helping the trustees of the School Board of Pickens County name Dr. Danny Merck as the new administrator were some actions made by former

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superintendent Dr. Henry Hunt.

Hunt remembered when Dr. Kelly Pew was moved into human resources after Brenda Turner left the district to become the superintendent of Orangeburg District 4. Hunt felt that the district also needed someone on the administrative side of things, though budget cuts had cost the district several district offices. So Hunt led the school board to move Merck to the lead administrative position of the district.

“We thought he needed some experience on the district level,” Hunt said. “He’s just a good person. He was a good fit in that position. Just a natural.”

When Pew was named superintendent, former Daniel High School principal


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